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HIS3206 : The Irish Revolution, 1879-1923

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fergus Campbell
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will consider the origins and dynamics of the Irish revolution (1916-1923) in the broader context of political, social, economic and cultural change between 1879 and 1916.

In particular, the module will examine popular political activity and explore the ideas, activities and experiences of ordinary men and women in Ireland during this turbulent period. The revolutionary era witnessed an extraordinary outpouring of radical ideas, and a wide range of nationalist, socialist and feminist texts will be analysed alongside more conventional political documents.

Finally, the module will consider the applicability of the broader theories of revolution to the Irish case.

At a more general level, the module will provide students with an opportunity to investigate selected problems in some depth, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

Outline Of Syllabus

An in-depth study of the Irish Revolution of 1916-1923 in the wider of political, social, cultural and economic developments in Ireland since the beginning of the Land War (1879-82)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion561:0056:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00intro and concluding lecture PiP
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials71:007:007 recorded lectures: online lectures count towards contact hours
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading561:0056:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00seminars all PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:002 essay surgeries
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study551:0055:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptibility.

LECTURE materials will enable students to gain a wider sense of historical argument and debate and how such debates operate, which also allows them to develop comparisons between different historiographical debates.

Essay surgeries enable students to ask questions about assessment and to help them to prepare to hand in essays.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M25Essay of 1,500 words
Essay2A75essay of 2,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essays: these will engage with primary sources and prepare students for longer and more in-depth research practices in History in their dissertations including: developing research questions and methodologies; sourcing data and writing / constructing an argument.

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.
All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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